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The Messy Man Bun

A loose and sophisticated look.

The man bun, the top knot, the undercut bun: whatever you want to call it, a manly mess of hair wrapped up in a band has never been more in demand. 

Perfect for long haired types, the man bun gives you plenty of room to experiment. Wear it with a sharp 'short back and sides' for an edgy contrast. Or go for a looser, more sophisticated look. Either way, a finger of Lynx Natural Flexible Control Cream will help tame your mane into submission.

Team your bun with stubble, a fully grown beard or a clean shave and some shades. Whatever you do, it’s bound to look cool.

How it Began

The History

Before the man bun there was the chonmage, a traditional haircut from Edo-era Japan. Designed to hold samurai helmets steady during battle, it eventually became a symbol of status in Japanese society.  

A guy with long hair pulled into a man bun.

The man bun lets guys grow their hair out without being afraid of how they look. Wear it loose and messy or neat like a samurai.  

Kieron Webb - the London Barber



  • Wash


    Begin with freshly washed and roughly towel dried hair.

  • Coat


    Evenly coat your hands with a finger of Lynx Natural Flexible Control Cream.

  • Run


    Run your hands back and up through your hair, gathering it into a loose bun.

  • Twist


    Leave your hair in a short ponytail or twist it with a band for a messy knot effect.